Here's what I wore this week:
Skirt: me-made Simplicity 2215, in Liberty (My Little Star)
Oh how I love this skirt. It's lined with bemberg rayon, which was hellish to sew, but it's a joy to wear. It's a perfect summer skirt: light, swishy and comfy. Mr P&N said it's like something a middle-aged librarian would wear. But what does he know.
Skirt: me-made Amy Butler Barcelona skirt (with Anna Maria Horner fabric)
Top & Belt: Anthropologie
These are my two favourite colours (salmon/coral pink and any kind of blue!). This is the first skirt I made (pre-blog) and there are some fitting issues around the waist: I might take a couple of inches off the length of the waist - it's just far too high for my liking, and without the belt it gapes.
Top: me-made Wiksten Tank, in Liberty lawn (Melly)
Shoes: Clarks Originals
Amusingly, a bird pooped on my shirt on my morning walk to work. And such is the print that I didn't even notice until lunchtime. (and hopefully, nor did anyone else)
And finally (*cue fanfare*):
Shirt: me-made Wiksten Tova with elephants
Skirt: me-made denim Butterick 2779 (vintage) - new!
Meet my brand new (and now most favourite) skirt. Also, my first attempt at a vintage pattern. This is a 1960s Butterick 2779 "cone-shaped" skirt. I bought it because it was part of the fully proportioned range, and also, it only cost 99p.
The tall size was actually too long, so I went for the medium, which is a perfect length (just below the knee). The pattern is for a 40" hip, which is what I measure, but I had to make some adjustments: I took 1" off at the side seams, and also lengthened the front darts by 1". The fit is almost perfect, but I think something also needs to be done to the back, but I don't know what - any ideas?
|Excuse the creases!|
I used an invisible zip, and finished it off with a bit of ribbon to the hem:
This skirt doesn't require much fabric at all. I used 1m of denim from Fabrics Galore. I think it has 2% stretch, because it's very comfortable. I think if I made this with a fabric that didn't give as much, I would need to add a teeny bit more ease around the hips. It's my first experience of working with denim, and it was all pretty straightforward. I have very blue legs though, from the colour bleed. And while working on the skirt, I had very blue hands too.
|slightly wrinkled from being worn out all day|
This skirt is going to be a workhorse. I want to wear it always. I'm already thinking of making another in a lovely light blue polka dot cotton/linen I bought in Seville on my birthday.
Zip: £0 (from stash)
And so there it is. Me-made May is over. I'll be back in a couple of days with my thoughts on the experience. But until then, have a lovely weekend!